Instead of strolling off into the sunset after the final Avengers movie as optimistic movie lovers might have hoped, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has stretched out in breadth and exploded into myriad pesky components.
While not officially part of the “universe,” this Sony film is based on a Marvel character from the early 1970s.
Originally an enemy of Spider-Man, Morbius is a tragic anti-hero in the form of Bruce Banner, a man of science gone bad.
in the disease, Jared Leto plays the hapless doctor: The film was completed nearly three years ago, but its release has been delayed multiple times due to Covid-related reasons, it is said. And at this stage, there’s a bit of a buzz about it.
When we first meet Michael Morbius, he’s hobbling out of a helicopter that has landed on Earth in the middle of the South American jungle. He walks toward a cave, slits his thumb, and listens impassively when a horrible rustling is heard inside. They’re vampire bats, and that’s what Morbius is all about, because he’s dying and only daring daring can save him.
Morbius suffers from a rare blood disease that is slowly killing him. He’s a celebrated doctor and biochemist, a point ridiculously emphasized by a scene in which he has the bad manners to turn down a Nobel Prize.
He has a theory that vampire bat DNA injections allow his blood to break down clots so he can recover, and his experiments are funded by his wealthy friend Milo (Matt Smith), who has the same illness.
With the help of his colleague Martine (Adria Arjona), Morbius conducts his highly illegal self-experiment on a cargo ship in international waters. It heals him, but at a cost: Super strong and able to move at extraordinary speeds, he now has a lust for human blood and needs it if he is to survive.
For Morbius, this presents a dilemma; less so for Milo, who steals some serum, injects himself, and is soon flying around Manhattan draining everyone and everyone’s vital bodily fluids.
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In the first hour, Daniel Espinosa’s film borders on competence. Leto said he gave up his grueling methodical approach to the role as it was less character-centric. He should do it more often: his performances often creak under the weight of his own technique, but he’s reserved and natural here, and all the better for that.
Smith is a good actor and the scenes he and Leto share are compelling – until they start turning into vampires. The special effects are okay, especially the sequences where the bloodsuckers seem to shatter and reassemble as they move. But once transformed, Smith transforms into a panto villain who yawns from the rooftops and becomes so downright demonic you wonder what Moribus saw in him in the first place.
Effects are used sparingly in the film’s first half, which is smart, but Espinosa abandons all restraint in a rushed and chaotic climax that degenerates into an almost meaningless CGI blur. disease cost $75 million (cheap for a Marvel movie), and I’d say about half of that was wasted on the final fight. The film is worth seeing, but unremarkable, without personality, strangely flat: a sequel seems unlikely. But regardless, there’s a lot more where it came from.
What’s the harm, you might say, in making more than 40 Marvel movies and God knows how many other superhero movies? Nothing in a way, and some of them (but not this one) are actually good. But they cost a lot of money, and because they’re made, a lot of other movies don’t — like the thrillers, rom-coms, historical dramas, and conspiracy dramas that Hollywood specializes in and that have traditionally been considered mainstream fare. No more.
Pound cinemas with movies like this and the idea that only teenagers and men in their 20s go to the movies becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So why not throw these superhero movies on the wall and see if they stick? After all, adult movies are so much harder to create.
Rating: two stars
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (PG, 122 minutes)
Do you remember Jim Carrey? The comical whirlwind and once serious actor is now mainly limited to appearances in children’s films such as Sonic the Hedgehog (2020).
He was actually quite funny at it when he talked to Dr. Ivo “Eggman” played Robotnik, an evil genius who has a mustache and isn’t afraid to twirl it. His nemesis? Sonic, the supersonic alien hedgehog who thwarted Eggman’s quest for world domination by banishing him to a mushroom planet.
in the sound 2, the Eggman escapes with the help of a bright red alien porcupine named Knuckles (Idris Elba), who has a bone to pick with Sonic. Except for a new two-tailed alien squirrel, sound 2 sticks to the tried-and-true formula: it’s a little long but quite funny, thanks largely to the wild Hamminess of Carrey, but also from Natasha Rothwell, who’s hilarious as the angry, dumped bride.
The animated characters don’t always transition smoothly with their live-action counterparts, and the climax is terrific. But at the performance I attended, kids were laughing – that must be a good thing.
Rating: three stars
The Bad Guys (G, 100 min.)
This loud and dizzying Dreamworks animation has been billed in some circles as “Tarantino for kids” – a thoroughly repulsive notion – but it actually proves perfectly watchable thanks to a passable script and some excellent voice acting.
Chief among them is Sam Rockwell, who is great as Mr. Wolf, a fleet-footed boss of a notorious criminal gang. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson) and Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina) have been robbing with impunity for years, but bite off more than they can chew when they try to grab one steal huge gem amidst charity gala.
Caught in the act, they are about to be sent to prison when hamster philanthropist Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade) offers to redeem Mr. Wolf and the gang.
Zazie Beetz provides the voice of Diane Foxington, the city’s mayor who has a secret life of her own, and a decent script is brought to life by fine ensemble voice acting. The funniest is Ayoade, whose well-behaved hamster turns out to be a long-winded Bond villain.
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